Karen L. Blair Ph.D.

Karen Blair, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at St. Francis Xavier University and an adjunct professor of psychology at Acadia University. She is also the chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues (SOGII) section of the Canadian Psychological Association. Her research examines the social determinants of health throughout the lifespan within the context of social relationships. Drawing on intersections between developmental, social, LGBTQ2S, and health psychology, her work focuses on questions related to how individuals and their social relationships falter or thrive within their broader social networks of friends, family, and society at large. Specifically, she examines the roles that social support, social prejudices, social abilities, diversity, and affection play in contributing to relational, mental, and physical health. To do so, she relies on a variety of research methodologies, including daily diaries, online surveys, qualitative and quantitative investigations, psychophysiological measurement, hormone analysis, experimental designs, and longitudinal studies.

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